Local Celebrities to Ring Bells this Saturday

The Salvation Army’s Celebrity Bell Ringing event will take place this Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at Village Pointe Shopping Center.

Red kettles will be stationed in Center Court and the entrances to Scheels. Local celebrities participating in the bell ringing event include Mayor Jean Stothert, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, Fire Chief Dan Olsen, and other City of Omaha representatives and Scripps Media members. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children will be accepted on this final day of the Angel Tree Toy Drive for The Salvation Army.

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Red Kettle Giving in Metro Down Eight Percent This Year

Contributions to The Salvation Army's red kettles are down eight percent this year in the metro with less than two weeks remaining in the bell ringing season. Salvation Army leadership remains confident that shoppers will step up and support the needs of the community during the final nine days of ringing, even though fewer retail shoppers and higher-than-average temperatures may be possible factors causing the kettle drought.

"Red kettle gifts are a critically important revenue stream for The Salvation Army," said Divisional Commander Major Greg Thompson. "If kettle giving does not increase substantially, some programs that serve the needs of our community's most vulnerable residents are in jeopardy. God has blessed The Salvation Army through the generosity of the community, and we are praying that our supporters will respond so we can serve our most needy neighbors."

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The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing Debuts Saturday

Grand opening of The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing, presented by The Salvation Army
  • 60-by-80-foot all-weather, “synthetic ice” rink
  • An avenue for activity, togetherness and outreach 
  • $5 admission (includes skate rental
  • All proceeds benefit the important work of The Salvation Army
  • Santa Claus will make a visit from 2-5 p.m.

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The Salvation Army Western Divisional Commander Gives Christmas Message

Divisional Commander Major Greg Thompson shares a message of providing home and hope this Christmas season.

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Omaha-Council Bluffs Salvation Army Holds 7th Annual REALTOR® Ring Day

Nebraska is one of 28 states to join the REALTOR® Ring Day movement. The idea to hold REALTOR® Ring Day came from a REALTOR® in Fargo, North Dakota, who wanted to give real estate professionals an opportunity to support a cause that is dear to them: housing. Housing is one of the areas of service included in The Salvation Army Human’s Needs Fund Super Seven.

REALTOR® Ring Day was the busiest bell ringing day in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro during the 2016 holiday season. The Salvation Army is grateful for this continued partnership.

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The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch Program Approaches Its 30th Year of Service

The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch, a program that helps the homeless and near-homeless individuals on cold winter nights, begins its 30th season on Monday, Dec. 4.

The mobile feeding program will depart from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle, at 6 p.m. Volunteers arrive between 5 – 5:30 p.m. to load the mobile canteens.

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Adopt A Family Radiothon Expected to Help More than 2,000 Families

Through the continued partnership of The Salvation Army and Star 104.5, hundreds of families in the metro will have an opportunity to be “adopted” for the holidays during the annual Adopt A Family Radiothon on Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1.

The Adopt A Family Radiothon will be broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday from the Westroads Mall Center Court. Those interested in adopting a family may call the Adopt A Family hotline, 402-898-6050, during the broadcast.

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Omaha Metro Salvation Army and Borsheims Partner in Red Kettle Campaign

City-wide bell ringing for The Salvation Army began on Nov. 10 at more than 130 locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. Bell ringing continues through Dec. 23, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to fill these shifts.

Volunteer bell ringers can sign up online at or by calling 402-898-6000.

Those who register to ring and fulfill their two-hour shift are eligible to be entered in the Borsheims Big Ring promotion to win a diamond ring. Individuals must be at least 16 years old at the time of entry. Each shift fulfilled will result in one entry. To complete your entry, volunteers need to fill out a short form and place it in the red kettle during their shift. Find the form and more information here.
The Borsheims Big Ring drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Borsheims, 120 Regency Pkwy.

Donations raised through the red kettles benefits The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign, a fundraising initiative that supports social service programs in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

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Bellevue Big Red Kettle Reception to Benefit The Salvation Army